Seve's last course now open

Seve's last course now open
Sean Dudley

The Royal Óbidos course in Portugal, the last project with which Severiano Ballesteros was involved before his death last year, has opened for play.

Seve’s company, Trajectory, designed the Royal Óbidos course for Portuguese develop MSF TUR.IM. The course was constructed by Spanish-based contractor Garden & Golf, and is located outside the historic city of Óbidos, north of Lisbon.

The 65 hectare course and associated resort represent an investment of €200 million by the developers. Six holes overlook the Óbidos Lagoon, while twelve have views over the Atlantic.

Eduardo Johnston da Silva, the resort’s director of golf said: “The Royal Óbidos project is characterised by the concept of overall quality, which provides a totally customer-focused golf experience, from check-in until the nineteenth hole. The playability of the course provides a challenge to players of all levels, while the cold climate grasses used ensure a homogenous golf course 365 days a years.”

The development includes a five star hotel, with spa and conference rooms.